Rand Paul criticizes alternative GOP health plan

Rand Paul criticizes alternative GOP health plan
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP anger with Fauci rises Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Cotton swipes at Fauci: 'These bureaucrats think that they are the science' MORE (R-Ky.) is criticizing an ObamaCare replacement plan put forward by other GOP senators, arguing it doesn't go far enough to repeal the law.

Paul, who on Wednesday introduced his own replacement plan, swiped at a proposal from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsReal relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law MORE (R-Maine) that was introduced early this week.

The Cassidy-Collins plan is more centrist than some other Republican plans because it allows state legislatures to keep ObamaCare operating in their state if they choose and also keeps ObamaCare’s taxes in place to provide revenue.

" 'If you like ObamaCare you can keep it' is not a ringing rallying cry,” Paul said on a call with reporters Wednesday when asked about the Cassidy-Collins plan.

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Paul’s comments are a sign of the divisions facing Republicans as they try to figure out a replacement plan and decide how many parts of the Affordable Care Act they want to keep.

For example, Paul, like other conservatives, is pushing to repeal all of ObamaCare’s taxes.

“I don’t think a lot of Republicans are going to want to keep the ObamaCare taxes,” Paul said.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has also called for repeal of all the taxes and said the Cassidy-Collins plan would not pass muster with conservatives.

“I'm not a fan of that,” Meadows said of the Cassidy-Collins plan on Tuesday. “I don't think that that would pass conservative muster.”

Still, both Meadows and Paul applauded the senators for introducing a plan of some sort. Both are vocal proponents of having a replacement ready to pass at essentially the same time as repeal.

GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (S.C.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season MORE (W.Va.) and Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHerschel Walker calls off fundraiser with woman who had swastika in Twitter profile Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (Ga.) are also co-sponsoring the Cassidy-Collins plan.

Paul said that his plan had “consensus ideas” that he thinks all Republicans can support.

Paul’s plan would provide a tax credit of up to $5,000 per person to use as part of a Health Savings Account. He proposes a two-year period where people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage. After that, people with pre-existing conditions would be protected if they continuously maintained coverage.